Lao Tzu and the Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching
The Problem of the Word
“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal name”
Paradoxically, all religions seem to be aware of this having been formed around the teachings of a prophet who became enlightened and comprehended the nature of existence and called it God, yet were unable to pass on these teachings without using the questionable and wholly misinterpreted Word.
The Word of God is not actually the word of god is it?
It’s been translated, tampered with and passed down through Chinese whispers until the whole thing has become entirely inaccurate. Us humans are faced with this conundrum yet we continue to try. As Jesus so rightly said, he was ‘a’ son of God rather than ‘the’ son of god…
Makes your stomach flip doesn’t it, to think how a whole religion can be pivoted on one simple pronoun? What then, do we use to reach those moments of enlightenment if not the word? Or is it simply the way in which we use it?
Rather than stipulating a list of rules, perhaps the best way to trigger or trip up the mind and land it swimming in the beautiful abyss of the Now is to use parable, meditative sentences that simplify language, or simply not speak at all.
“When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises When it knows good as good, evil arises”
Contradiction is the Essence of Life
“Yield and remain whole Bend and remain straight Be low and become filled Be worn out and become renewed Have little and receive Have much and be confused”
The Tao as Lao Tzu lays out is as much to do with emptiness as it is to do with opposites.
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